Too bad not every bowling match for the Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonials is broadcasted on television. The Colonials set season-highs in game pinfall (1,031) and total score (2,957) in a 4-0 victory against Norristown on Jan. 13 (the match had been taped on Colonial Instructional Television).
No video cameras were present for the Jan. 27 Suburban One League Continental/American contest between the Colonials and visiting Pennridge at Facenda Whitaker Lanes in East Norriton. Parents and even members of PW’s administration, including athletic director Charles Forster, cheered on the hosts. Perhaps not many people believed PW could secure a match victory against the Rams, especially since Pennridge handed the Colonials a 4-0 (2,749-2,451) defeat on Dec. 21 at Earl Bowl in Earlington.
Game one came down to the final rolls. The anchors for both teams set the tone- PW’s Dom Procaccino recorded 247 and Pennridge’s Ben Anderson knocked down 267. Usually, Anderson’s score would be enough to propel a team, but no other Ram posted anything above 200 while PW three hole Jake Newell chipped-in 206.
The Colonials won the first game, 1,000-992. PW didn’t post anything under Sean Diorio’s 173 while each member of the Rams had a minimum of 170. Pennridge received 191 from three hole Peter Herzberger and 186 from four hole Josh MacNamara.
Similar to game one, the second game came down to the anchors. This time, however, literally came down to the final ball. Anderson, who couldn’t convert a split in the eighth frame (his first open of the match) could’ve put the game away with two straight strikes in the 10th.
Instead, Anderson tallied strike-nine-spare to finish with 193. Procaccino needed to roll three strikes in the final frame for the Colonials to avoid defeat. The PW anchor did just that, helping the Colonials salvage a 925-925 second-game tie.
Brian Yeung, Pennridge’s two hole, led all bowlers with 211 in the thrilling second set. Newell, who led PW with a 528 series in the previous meeting against the Rams, paced the Colonials with 204.
There wouldn’t be a tie in the third game. PW had trouble finding marks in the first two frames, especially four hole John Hansel since he started with nine-miss and gutter-nine.
However, the Colonials were able to adjust while the Rams faltered. Herzberger dropped two first balls off his right knee into the right gutter. Anderson even missed a one-pin spare after initially knocking down nine in the last frame.
The Colonials triumphed in the third game, 967-868. Diorio racked up spares and strikes towards 210, PW leadoff Matt Amadio and Procaccino both notched 195, Newell collected 194, and Hansel posted 173. Anderson scored 223 and Pennridge left-handed leadoff Ryan Marshall contributed 180.
This had been a hard-earned 3.5-0.5 (2,892-2,785) victory for the Colonials. Since returning from winter break, PW is 17.5-2.5. The Colonials (34.5-17.5, 29.5-14.5) could possibly be holding the second spot in the conference, which is crucial because the conference’s top two finishers qualify for the March 5 Eastern Pa. regional tournament in Lancaster (two additional SOL teams will make regionals based on pinfall).
Celebrating the win is appropriate because PW already has more wins than last season (32-28 overall), but it can’t happen for long. The Colonials, who have three conference matches remaining in the regular season, travel to Thunderbird Lanes in Willow Grove on Jan. 28 to face Upper Moreland in a match rescheduled from Jan. 25 (snow day). Upper Moreland defeated the Colonials, 3-1 (2,787-2,657), on Dec. 16 at Facenda Whitaker.
PHS 992 925 868= 2,785 [0.5]
PW 1,000 925 967= 2,892 [3.5]
Ryan Marshall 178-162-180= 520
Brian Yeung 170-211-169= 550
Peter Herzberger 191-187-145= 523
Josh MacNamara 186-172-148= 506
Ben Anderson 267-193-226= 686
Plymouth Whitemarsh (34.5-17.5, 29.5-14.5):
Matt Amadio 183-173-195= 551
Sean Diorio 173-199-210= 582
Jake Newell 206-204-194= 604
John Hansel 191-179-173= 543
Dom Procaccino 247-170-195= 612